Small Details You Missed In Taylor Swift's New Video

After months hidden away from the public eye, Taylor Swift reemerged onto the pop music scene with her single "Look What You Made Me Do"—and the song's music video just a few days later. Since then, it has racked up more than 60 million views on YouTube, which is no surprise considering the video's mesmerizing visuals. But while viewers were distracted by Swift's frequent costume and scene changes, they may have missed some insane Easter eggs. Keep reading to discover all of Swift's sneakiest video details.

Swift's blue dress

In the early scenes of her music video, Swift dons full-body makeup to appear like a zombie as she drags herself out of a grave. She also wears something that fans should find pretty familiar: a light blue dress. It's the same gown that she wore in her video for "Out of the Woods," the song she's rumored to have written about ex-boyfriend Harry Styles.

Considering the music video for "Out of the Woods" followed Swift getting chased by wolves, enduring frozen temperatures, and crawling through muddy terrain, it would appear that Swift never actually made it out of the woods—hence, her living dead persona.

Nils Sjoberg tombstone

We doubt most people caught this hidden reference during their first watch. Behind a shovel-wielding Zombie Taylor, a tombstone reads, "Nils Sjoberg." 

Fans may remember this as the pseudonym that Swift used to write ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris' hit song "This Is What You Came For." Swift had reportedly wanted to keep her involvement with the song quiet. However, word eventually (conveniently?) leaked after Harris told the press that he'd probably never collaborate with his ex. Harris subsequently went on a Twitter rant about the incident, stating (via Slate), "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though."

Referencing Swift's beef with fellow pop singer Katy Perry, Harris added,"I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it."

Given Nils Sjoberg's gravestone, we're guessing Swift is done hiding behind a pseudonym—and that part of her life is total history.

Swift's burial clothes

The old Swift is dead and gone! As Zombie Taylor buries a former version of herself in the graveyard, eagle-eyed viewers may notice that Dead Taylor is wearing the same pink Oscar de la Renta gown she wore to the 2014 Met Gala. 

At the time, Swift called the opportunity to wear the designer dress "a daydream realized." In this case, though, the dress takes on a whole new meaning, as it seems to suggest that her 2014 self (aka the year she released 1984) is officially no more.

As an extra fun fact: Swift herself appeared to confirm this theory when she "liked" a post written about it on Tumblr, according to the Daily Mail.

The dollar bill in the bathtub

Among the diamonds in Swift's bathtub rests a single dollar bill. While it's easy to miss, the statement it makes is huge. On Aug. 14, 2017, Swift won her sexual assault lawsuit against DJ David Mueller, whom she'd accused of groping her during a 2013 meet-and-greet. As part of Swift's court victory, Mueller was ordered to pay her a single symbolic dollar—a poignant contrast to the $3 million he wanted from her.

The dollar's placement in the video—which must have been CGI-ed into the scene since the video was filmed before the verdit—speaks for Swift's decision to stand up for both herself and women's rights. Seeing the dollar surrounded by pricey jewelry may indicate that her lawsuit wasn't motivated by potential financial gain.

Swift's bathtub persona

The video's bathtub scene may be a callback to Swift's "Blank Space" music video, which the singer made in response to the media's portrayal of her as a boyfriend-obsessed nightmare. Describing her character in the video, Swift once said (via Metro), "She jet sets around the world collecting men, and she can get any of them, but she's so clingy that they leave and she cries, and then she gets another one in her web and she traps them and locks them in her mansion and then she's crying in her marble bathtub surrounded by pearls."

While Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" tub was full of diamonds and not pearls, it isn't difficult to see the connection, especially since Swift's hair and makeup is very similar to that of her "Blank Space" character.

Snakes everywhere

Throughout the video for "Look What You Made Me Do," snakes can be spotted in nearly every scene, which obviously references the many, many, many times in which Swift has been accused of being one herself.

After Swift's nasty breakup with Harris and Kim Kardashian's infamous release of Swift's phone call with Kanye West—which proved Swift had heard part of West's "Famous" lyrics, after all—Swift's haters spammed her social media with the snake emoji, bashing her for her rumored sneaky and underhanded behavior. So did Kardashian on the day she showed the world her receipts. (Swift fans have since retaliated against Kardashian.)

In an apparent effort to twist her association with the scaled creature, Swift loaded her video with snake everything—fully embracing the once-demeaning label. Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

Et tu, Brute?

A casual viewer might take one glance at the "Et Tu, Brute?" line inscribed on Swift's golden throne and assume that she was a big Shakespeare nerd in high school. But no, in this music video of a million hidden messages, it surely must mean something more, right?

Well, try on this theory for size: during Swift's ongoing feud with Perry, which was allegedly over backup dancers, Perry seemingly referred to Swift as "a Regina George in sheep's clothing" in a now-infamous tweet. Pop culture fans know Regina George as the cruel leader of The Plastics in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls, the same film in which George's frenemy, Gretchen Weiners, makes a frazzled, yet impassioned, speech about killing Julius Caesar. The speech was referencing the Shakespeare play of the same name, which of course, features the famous line "Et Tu, Brute?"

Coincidence? We think not, especially amid rumors that Swift also sampled one of the songs from the movie.

And the Grammy goes to...

During the video's car crash scene, Swift, once again "playing the victim," shows off one of her many Grammy awards. Could this be Swift's way of bragging about her accomplishments? One Twitter user theorized that Swift was shading Perry, dressing up as the "Swish Swish" singer and rubbing it in her face that she'd never won a single Grammy.

Swift's yellow car does look an awful lot like Perry's ride in her "Waking Up in Vegas" video.

Blind for love

Swift clearly understands that the media paints her as a love-hungry woman, desperately seeking affection from every man she meets. Likely in response to all those headlines accusing her of shacking up with boyfriend after boyfriend, Swift wears a sequined sweatshirt bearing the phrase, "Blind for Love." Pretty tongue-in-cheek for the pop star, no?

As if that weren't enough, Swift even seems to be making a conscious statement in her choice of robbery mask. All those cat masks appear to be a nod to her frequent title of "Cat Lady." Even Swift's own mask looks like her Scottish fold, Detective Olivia Benson, named after the popular Law & Order: SVU character.

So, in taking off the mask, is Swift revealing that there's more to her than her "Cat Lady" persona?

Robbing the streaming industry

Notice that LED sign in the background of the video's bank robbery scene? It reads, "Stream Co.," an obvious reference to Swift's refusal to allow her music to be played on streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. As fans may remember, Swift wrote an open letter to Apple Music, arguing that the company's free three-month trial for listeners was unfair to new artists who are building their music careers.

Though Swift's message was likely sincere in thought, some outlets accused Swift of robbing streaming companies of her music and of being greedy, as if she were only against the three-month trial because it didn't allow her songs' streams to contribute to her bottom line.

Guess Swift figured that if everyone was going to accuse of her robbery, she might as well show them how it's done.

The 'I [Heart] TS' shirts

This one was an easy spot for Swifties. During the pop star's big choreographed number, her background dancers reveal black "I [Heart] TS" crop tops, an obvious reference to ex-boyfriend Tom Hiddleston's "I [Heart] T.S." tank top, which he wore when the two were dating.

But what you may not have noticed was that there were exactly eight dancers, which, given Swift's attention to detail, may have been a purposeful choice to reflect the number of famous ex-boyfriends she's had over the years.

As a bonus, check out the apple one dancer tosses into the air during the beginning of the dance scene—doesn't it remind you of Swift's apple prop in "Blank Space?"

Junior Jewels

Toward the end of the music video, Swift stands on a mountain of her former selves, all wearing iconic outfits from her past. One of those Taylors is none other than "You Belong With Me" Taylor, who wears a "Junior Jewels" T-shirt. While the "Look What You Made Me Do" version of the shirt looks strikingly similar, there's one notable difference—the names signed on the shirt. Look closely and viewers can see that Swift has included all the members of her squad on her shirt, including pals Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Martha Hunt, and Gigi Hadid.

But, of course, this isn't the first time that Swift references her infamous squad in the music video. She also takes jabs at haters who've accused her of literally manufacturing a team of perfect, plastic women.

15 Taylors, 15 tracks

At the end of Swift' video, several of Swift's personas line up in front of a plane branded as "TS6." Viewers will notice that there are 15 Taylors, including the one standing on the plane's wing. Know what else there are 15 of? Tracks on Swift's upcoming record, Reputation, which can be seen written in graffiti on the side of the jet.

Could the specific Taylors somehow relate to each individual song? We'll just have to wait until the album's release on Nov. 10, 2017 to find out.